‘Demon’ market is a hit with foreigners

Every Friday and Saturday night a corner of Yeouido Hangang Park comes alive with exotic smells and vibrant flashes of color as vendors sell foods and performers put on shows from around the world at the “Night Demon” market, the city government’s most popular initiative with foreigner residents.

This is according to a survey by the Citizens’ Ombudsman Commission of 1,173 foreigners, 167 of whom currently live in Korea. The night market ranked highest with 253 votes, followed by the online civil complaint center Eungdapso with 239 votes and the overpass-park Seoul Station 7017 Project with 215 votes, the city government announced Friday.

For 10 days from July 26, foreigners were given 30 policies to choose from, which also included an urban housing policy for young adults, an internship program for foreign students, the city’s foreign resident committee and community centers that visit residents’ homes to provide counseling services. All the policies were explained in English, simplified and traditional Chinese, Japanese, French and Spanish.

Now that the survey has been completed and its results have been announced, the city government will be awarding small souvenirs to 200 participants of the survey by the end of August.